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August  04, 2014

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 31  2014

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber traders closed out July quietly. Sales were uneventful, and price moves in either direction were usually modest. Mills opened to counters when they had to, but month-end specials were generally thin. Dealers kept a sharp eye on inventory levels, avoiding all but must-have purchases. Traders at all levels were wary of the market¨s near-term course. Some referred to the protracted stretch of flat pricing as ^a wholesaler¨s nightmare. ̄ The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite gained $1.


  This Week
Aug 1
Last Week
Jul 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $385 $384 $356
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 348 354 323
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 440 445 415
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 342 340 308
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 443 428 368
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 367 367 345
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 690 700 625
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading shifted in both directions. Mill sales of OSB picked up Thursday at some plants, but prices in most regions remained in a flat to down mode. Southern Pine plywood mills held the upper hand in negotiations with customers, supported by order files that reached the week of August 18 or beyond. Sales for the week lagged production at most mills. The pace of western Fir plywood sales backed off from the past two weeks as buyers had covered most of their immediate needs, and digested recent purchases.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 1
Last Week
Jul 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $408 $405 $396
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 480-515 465-505 395-415
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 482-525 477-515 400-425
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 520 515 409
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 210 210 270
*Weighted average of 11 key items





(Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.)

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